This is a real press release from the Scottish National Party:
“The SNP has today challenged Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy on whether he agrees with Labour Lord Lewis Moonie, who has said that he would prefer a coalition with the Tories to a deal with the SNP.
“Baron Moonie, a Labour MP between 1987 and 2005, and a former Defence Minister, tweeted that a coalition with the Tories ‘would be better than one with the SNP’.
“This follows Robert James McNeill, who at the time of posting was a member of Labour’s Scottish Policy Forum and Vice-Chair of East Lothian Constituency Labour Party, promoting on Twitter that Labour voters in 16 Scottish constituencies should vote for the Tories or Lib Dems.
Commenting, SNP MP Pete Wishart said: ‘This pro-Tory attitude seems to be pervasive throughout the Labour Party in Scotland – having been hand in glove with the Tories for two-and-a-half years in No campaign.'”
What a lot of (to use the SNP-adherent’s favourite word) pish!
McNeill was clearly a loose cannon making unwise use of his personal Twitter account. There is no indication anywhere in what he said that he was acting on behalf of Labour and Labour has certainly not endorsed what he said.
As for Lord Moonie, well, the first thing this writer thought on seeing the claim, was “He might just as easily have said, ‘The moon is more likely to crash into Venus than Labour have a coalition with the SNP!'” He was clearly discussing the impossibility of such a decision, in his opinion.
How does Lord Moonie describe the circumstances behind his comment and what happened afterwards? Here he is:
The SNP looks very silly now, for suggesting that this should be taken seriously.
Of course, that party and its supporters will never accept that they were wrong – they have a narrative to uphold – that Labour and the Conservatives are all cosy since they were flung into each other’s arms during the ‘Better Together’ campaign.
“Both at Westminster and in Scotland, senior Labour figures are cuddling up to the Tories and suggesting working with them,” states Mr Wishart, without a trace of irony, further down the SNP press release.
It’s hogwash, of course. Everybody knows it is – apart, it seems, from the SNP.
Jim Murphy doesn’t have much opportunity for mirth these days – as leader of Scottish Labour he has to fight an uphill struggle to convince Scottish voters that the SNP isn’t the panacea it claims to be.
That job will be much easier if the SNP finds more ways – like this – to turn itself into a laughing stock.
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